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Local schools: Education aid will benefit growing class sizes, infrastructure repairs

$1.1B will be allocated to districts under state’s 2018 budget

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With the passing of 2018 New York state budget, billions of dollars of education aid is set to go local school districts.

Education aid is increasing by $1.1 billion, or 4.4 percent come 2018, including a $700 million increase in Foundation Aid.

Here in the Hudson Valley, the education increase translates to a $2.2 million increase for the Ossining School District, which is something educators say will have a tremendous impact on the school community.

Alita Zuber, assistant superintendent for business in Ossining, says the district has seen an influx of students in recent years, adding that the district is in need of creating new space to accommodate more kids.

In Yonkers, School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada has also been fighting for years to secure additional funding to rebuild the Yonkers School District, something he hopes to see in 2018.

Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state education aid has increased by $6.2 billion over the past six years.

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